Coyle hails Paterson
Burnley manager Owen Coyle believes the best is yet to come from in-form striker Martin Paterson.
By Ben Collins
Last Updated: 16/09/08 11:22pm
Burnley manager Owen Coyle believes the best is yet to come from Martin Paterson despite the striker hitting his sixth goal of the season against Blackpool.
The summer signing from Scunthorpe set the Clarets on course for a 2-0 win over their Lancashire rivals on Tuesday by cutting inside and curling in a delightful low shot on the hour mark.
Defender Graham Alexander then added a second from the penalty spot with 15 minutes remaining to add to his double in Saturday's 2-1 win at Nottingham Forest.
Paterson has made a great start to his Turf Moor career and Coyle has challenged the 21-year-old Northern Ireland international to become even better.
"It was a terrific goal and I'm pleased for Pato because he works so hard," said Coyle.
"But I still think he can be a bit more clever and show a little more cuteness around the penalty box.
"He's 21 and he will get better, though, and I thought he benefited from playing with Steve Thompson, who led the line superbly."
Burnley started the season with two heavy defeats but have now climbed into the top half after registering back-to-back wins.
"There's no doubt we deserved to win," added Coyle.
"I was delighted at half-time, even though it was 0-0, because I knew that if we continued in that vein we would create chances.
"We were hurt by the first two games but we're delighted to be back on track."
Blackpool boss Simon Grayson hit out at his players for letting Burnley avenge their 3-0 New Year's Day defeat to their local rivals.
"We got what we deserved - nothing," said Grayson.
"I warned the players that Burnley had something to prove after the game on New Year's Day and I think they did to us what we did to them.
"We were fortunate to go in at half-time at 0-0 because we could have been two or three goals down.
"Steve Kabba was missing with injury but I'm not going to use that as an excuse. Too many players did not perform."